Exploring Ferrari’s Potential New Team Boss Hints He Could Breach Cost Cap After Red Bull Penalty’ Ferrari’s possible new team boss has revealed he could be tempted to breach F1’s budget cap to gain an advantage after Red Bull’s “small penalty”. Frederic Vasseur has claimed it could “make sense” for some teams to spend more to gain performance and take a punishment further down the line.
Ferrari’s Potential New Team Boss Hints He Could Breach Cost Cap After Red Bull Penalty
Speaking as the Alfa Romeo team boss, Vasseur said a decision would be “on the edge” which was “not good” for F1 as he hinted at rules changes. He told Express Sport: “I think the issue is with [such] a small penalty, you could ask yourself a question, would it make sense or not?
“I want to have an advantage for 2024 or 25 and to have a penalty in 26, does it make sense or not? [If] the penalty was so harsh so you don’t ask yourself the question… I don’t have to ask myself that question because I’m below that cost cap.
“But the first reaction from my side would be ‘Fred if you have the budget, would you begin to spend two million more and get the penalty? It’s not a clear trade-off. It’s not a yes or no, it’s on the edge for me, it’s not good.”
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The team were slapped with a £ 6.4 million ($7m) fine and a sporting punishment for breaking the rules. This was made up of a 10 per cent reduction in wind tunnel testing and CFD development for 2023.
The team were found guilty of spending £1.8m ($2.2m) more than the allowance but the FIA accepted this would have been just £432,000 ($0.5) if tax returns were filed correctly. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner claimed the FIA’s decision was a “draconian” measure which could hinder the team’s pace next season.